Johannesburg - Marikana miners are outraged at the manner in which they are being treated by the National Prosecuting Authority.
Seventeen miners appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court in Tshwane on Tuesday in connection with the deaths of 10 people, including two police officers and two Lonmin security guards, in the week preceding the 2012 massacre.
Upon their arrival in court, the 17 accused were each served with the indictment charging them with murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, damage to property as well as illegal gathering.
Andries Nkome, a lawyer for the miners, said the court proceedings were premature.
“The recommendation of the Farlam Commission was that an investigation must be set up by the NDPP (National Director of Public Prosecutions) on who must be charged. The miners’ reaction is that the State is in contempt of them,” he said.